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Tuesday July 23, 2002
03:38 PM

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It's funny to me, in more than one way, to see everyone coming to the Mac platform. I've been using it for almost as long as I can remember.

Before Mac OS X, I was using an old, decrepit, silly toy operating system. And now I am an early adopter, a sage being with incredible insight into this new wonder that is Mac OS X.

Of course, the truth is that Mac OS X is not Mac OS, that it is a new operating system, that NeXT users were the real early adopters (well, OK, Mac users were the early adopters of most of the UI and some of the API, but NeXT users had the rest), and that it's pretty new for everyone. But still, I slide fairly comfortably (if not entirely willingly) into the world of Mac OS X, knowing much about AppleScript and Apple events, what apps are available, platform-specific differences, etc. So while Mac OS X is new, it's very familiar, and Apple has done a tremendous job (if a slow one) of making Mac OS X feel like home.

So it's pretty funny to me to see all these Perl programmers, many formerly hating Macs, clamoring to the Mac platform, learning about the little things, and falling in love like I did many years ago. It's also a bit disturbing, because I used to be "The Mac Guy" in the Perl world, and I am that no longer (or at most, not for long ;-). But that's good, because the more's the merrier, and it means less work for me to get the tools I want (I'm looking at you, Elian).

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  • But that's good, because the more's the merrier, and it means less work for me to get the tools I want (I'm looking at you, Elian).
    Hey, go point that gaze elsewhere, boyo! I've been doing macs for ages. :-P

    Ernie's here at TPC. I'm going to go try and convince him to use Parrot as the runtime engine for the next version of AppleScript. That should be fun...

    • I didn't mean to include you in the "new Mac users", but in the "doing stuff for Macs that means less work for me." :-)
  • I've always enjoyed using Macs, but until OS X came out I do have to admit that I would never have used them for anything serious. I get irritated enough using 8.6 and 9 on my gf's iMac. It's just painful doing things.

    Having used Acorn's RISC OS and Linux as my main OSs for over a decade (in some combination or non-combination) I find MacOS versions less than X to be somewhat restrictive. X sounds like a step up, and damnit if I'm not going to have an iBook by the end of the year.

    I still think RISC OS had
      ---ict / Spoon
  • I'll admit it. In the days of my youth, I managed a Babbages software store, and laughed and rolled my eyes at the mac users. As time went on we would laugh at things like cooperative multitasking and single button mice.

    Macs were for people who didn't know better, or so I thought. I watched the launch of OSX and thought it was pretty. I read buzzwords like Mach and Darwin and references to NeXT and I was happily puzzled. I used a NeXT slab in college in a Calculus class to run Mathematica, so I knew what i